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Armed police in ID blunder on M25

Gursel and Sevgi Demeni
Gursel and Sevgi Demeni were stopped on the M25 in the early hours

A restaurateur has said he feared he would be shot when armed police mistook him for a robbery suspect and stopped his car on the M25.

Gursel Demeni, from Ewell, Surrey, was stopped at the A21 junction with the motorway in Kent early on Tuesday.

Police had followed him from Hastings, East Sussex where he had been visiting friends. The robbery was in Eastbourne.

Kent Police confirmed they stopped a car at the junction but it was unconnected with the robbery.

Mr Demeni, 44, who is Kurdish, said there were about 20 police cars involved in the incident, and at least 10 officers with machine guns.

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A police helicopter circled overhead with a searchlight directed on him, he said.

"The whole motorway was with flashing lights and there was police pointing a gun," added Mr Demeni, who lives in Arundel Avenue.

"I could vaguely hear him shouting, 'Put your hands on your head'.

"To be honest, I thought one wrong move and they will shoot."

Mr Demeni, who is taking legal advice following the incident, was handcuffed and told he was a suspect in a 200 robbery.

His wife, Sevgi, was made to lie down on the hard shoulder of the M25 while their car was searched.

"I was very scared and immediately had a panic attack," she said.

"For two days I can't work, I can't move."

Injured man

Mr Demeni said the police then seemed to receive orders to let them go, they were released and one of the officers apologised.

Sussex Police said it was investigating an allegation of robbery in Eastbourne.

"Shortly after midnight on Monday, 9 March, police in Eastbourne received a call from Sussex Ambulance Service regarding an injured man in Priory Road," said Det Insp Ian Williams.

"The man later discharged himself from hospital having suffered only minor injuries."

Kent Police confirmed its units stopped a car on the M25 at the junction with the A21, following the Eastbourne incident but it turned out not to be connected.

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